Never attend your college or university’s disciplinary hearing without your attorney...
Pursuing a higher education is an admirable step. A step that is both celebrated and highly encouraged in American society. Attending a college or university can be a fundamentally rewarding experience, forming both social and educational bonds that can last a lifetime. Attending one of New York’s great colleges or universities can also be a time of great adventure, which allows students to explore and experience life on their own for the first time. Unfortunately, this adventurous quest can lead one down a series of paths that can include both peer and academic pressure.
Students can find themselves facing disciplinary action from their public university or college, and in turn, face suspension, expulsion, or even criminal charges. If you are facing a disciplinary hearing at your college or university, then do not hesitate to contact a higher education discipline attorney right away. The disciplinary hearing’s repercussions can be more serious than they initially appear.
Quite often when students face disciplinary hearings because of an accusation such as academic dishonesty, hazing, harassment, or sexual assault, they naturally are quite anxious to tell their side of the story with the genuine belief that their words will fall on understanding ears. However, this is not often the case.
Each school has its own set of internal and external politics that may influence a decision against you. In addition, certain schools may feel pressured to “set an example” and bring down harsh judgment against you. Furthermore, under the Clery Act, the United States Department of Education can fine and withhold federal loans from a college or institution that fails to report a crime that occurs on or near its campus. This puts further pressure on college disciplinary officials to bring down swift, harsh justice on the accused, and can result in their turning a blind eye to the specifics of your unique situation, and causing school officials to focus only on the accusation.
An unfavorable disciplinary decision against you by your college or university can have harsh consequences if you do not have an advocate fighting on your behalf. Disciplinary rulings against you can result in suspension, expulsion, and even lead to criminal charges. All of this can potentially be avoided with a knowledgeable lawyer advocating on your behalf to avoid running the risk of forever altering your academic career, future career aspirations, and personal wellbeing. You do not want to walk into a disciplinary hearing without your lawyer by your side.
Managing Attorney Angel A. Castro serves as New York’s premier higher education discipline appeals attorney, having exceptional expertise and knowledge in educational discipline appeal matters. Before walking into your hearing, Angel and his attentive team will examine your case, review every facet, and gather all evidence that will help your case. Mr. Castro has the skill to put together a strong case that presents valid rebuttals, key witnesses, as well as academic and positive character traits to your school’s disciplinary board. With Mr. Castro by your side, you can rest assured that the wellbeing of your academic career is in good hands.
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